Two airlines to begin domestic flights in Saudi soon
The source noted that the two airlines are Al-Maha Airways, responsible for the operations of Qatar Airways in the kingdom, and Saudi Gulf Airways
Two new airlines will begin operating domestic flights in the coming few months, a source at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) was quoted as saying in a section of the Arabic press on Saturday.
The source noted that the two airlines are Al-Maha Airways, which is responsible for the operations of Qatar Airways in the Kingdom, and Saudi Gulf Airways. Preparations are in the final stages.
Al-Maha Airways is expected to begin operations soon, while Saudi Gulf Airways is expected to begin operations during the first half of next year.
A source at one of the companies stressed his company’s determination to achieve 80 percent Saudization, but employment will be gradual to train Saudi applicants.
“We are certainly keen on employing qualified Saudis and have received a large number of applications. We are keen on reaching 80 percent Saudization within a few years, according to the company’s plans and vision,” the source said.
The source went on to explain that the company is also seeking to employ expatriates at the rate of one expatriate for three Saudis.
“GACA has assured that these two companies have obtained the highest scores according to the conditions set by GACA, in cooperation with international specialized companies,” the source said while adding that the two airlines will work on operating flights to less-populated areas of the Kingdom while maintaining profitability of operating such flights.
This article was published in the Saudi Gazette on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2014.
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